Russia in Talks with Egypt to Lease Military Base

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Russia in Talks with Egypt to Lease Military Base

A Russian Su-24 aircaft on a runway at the Hmeimim airbase in Syria. © Maksim Blinov / Sputnik

Russia is in talks with Egypt to lease military facilities, including an air base in the town of Sidi Barrani near the Mediterranean, the Russian ‘Izvestia’ daily reported on October 10, quoting a source in the Russian Foreign ministry. If the agreement is made, the military base will be ready for use by 2019, according to the  report.

Izvestia said that the facility in Sidi Barrani will be turned into a military air base.

Citing another source that is close to the Russian Defense Ministry, the  paper noted that Moscow and Cairo have so far agreed that Russia provides the base with necessary equipment through shipping. Nonetheless, there will be limits for the number of Russian troops that can be deployed there.

The USSR had had a naval base in Sidi Barrani until 1972. It was used to monitor warships belonging to the US Navy.

Today, the Russian Defense Ministry has also announced that it is going to turn its naval facility in Syria’s Tartus into a fully-fledged permanent naval base.

Now, there are no doubts that Washington’s actions in Syria  have pushed Russia to expand its military presence in the Middle Eastern region.

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  • Mateen Zaman

    That’s very good if implemented

  • BMWA1

    Paras also in Egypt soon.

  • Gue Bjuen

    a very good move to put some presure on saudi and israel. greater israel will not be tolerated.

  • Kire Stojanovski

    I don’t understand, how can the average rating be 5.7 (of 24 votes), when the maximum rate is 5??? Even if this is more than excellent news, that is mathematically impossible! :)

    • Gue Bjuen

      i had an extra point becasue i pushed my mouse harder.

      • Kire Stojanovski

        hahaha :)

  • Egypt OWE’s Russia an air base for FREE! Israel conquered 1/3rd of Egypt in the war, and Russia helped train and equip Egypt the ability to liberate their indigenous lands from Jew’s during the next war. Then Israel told America they were going to nuke Egypt, and American told Israel you had better not because Russia flew in Nuclear armed Aircraft into Egypt just to defend Egypt from Jewish-surpremisist-Nuclear planned attacks to genocide all Egyptians.
    So for the salvation of Egypt, Egypt ows Russia 8 military bases and their military to support Russia and Syria against all their common foes, Zionist-surpremisist-bigots.
    http://ihr.org/

    • Joseph Scott

      Hang on there. You know, I agree with you about a lot of the things Zionists have done, but they haven’t gotten away with as much as they have by being stupid. Israel had NO reason to use nuclear weapons on Egypt in 1973. The Egyptians were only making any progress as long as they had surprise and they were following their initial, pre-set plan. The moment the IDF counterattack began, the Egyptians switched to being almost wholly passive, aside from a handful of isolated and uncoordinated attacks. Even the initial reckless and unsuccessful armoured counter-attack was enough to pin the Egyptians down. By the time the fighting ended, Sharon was on the outskirts of Cairo. He estimated he would have had control of the city in another 72 hours. The IDF could have quite literally overrun Egypt without resorting to anything nuclear. What stopped them was the Brzezinski deal that made the petro-dollar. The US got the Saudis to agree to price oil in dollars in exchange for the ceasefire and Israeli withdrawal. The Israelis, though not very enthusiastic about that, were running very short on munitions, spares and fuel. The US offered them a huge financial aid package, plus fuel, ammo and weapons. It was the beginning of the massive military aid the US continues to give them. The US also assured them they wouldn’t let anyone threaten Israel that seriously again. You will note that there have been no major nation-state attacks on Israel since, and all the Saudi led Sunni states have been covertly becoming very friendly with Israel, even while they publicly denounced them. The exception was Iraq, and we saw how that went. Anyway, Saudi Arabia and the US bought Egypt’s continued existence as a state, and no nuclear weapons were involved.